The Latest: White House faces skepticism over prospects for early vaccine – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

The Latest: White House faces skepticism over prospects for early vaccine – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

The latest on the coronavirus pandemic from around the U.S. and the world.

Could the U.S. really see a coronavirus vaccine before Election Day?

A letter from federal health officials instructing states to be ready to begin distributing a vaccine by Nov. 1 – two days before the election – has been met, not with exhilaration, but with suspicion among some public health experts, who wonder whether the Trump administration is hyping the possibility or intends to rush approval for political gain.

The skepticism comes amid growing questions about the scientific credibility of the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and their vulnerability to political pressure from President Trump.

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Nurse Kathe Olmstead gives volunteer Melissa Harting of Harpersville, N.Y., an injection July 27 as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. Hans Pennink/Associated Press, file

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease expert and a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, told CNN on Thursday that it is unlikely but “not impossible” that a vaccine could win approval in October, instead of November or December, as
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